Dr. Denise Vidot


Denise leads the Lambda Theta Alpha Foundation after previously serving as the inaugural Vice President of Administration. 

She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia in Non-Profit Management with a specialization in Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Currently, she is an Epidemiologist and tenured-track Assistant Professor at the University of Miami where she is the Principal Investigator of the Cannabis Health and Fitness Laboratory.


She became a member of the Beta Sigma Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. in Spring 2004. 

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Jenna Ortiz

Vice President of Administration

Jenna is a diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner working for a national education non-profit. Additionally, Jenna serves as a DEI consultant for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. She is the Founder and Lead Consultant of Dynamic Transformations, LLC, a consulting organization focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion training, event management, and assistant coaching. 

She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a focus on International Social Justice, and then went on to the New School where she received her Master of Arts in International Affairs with a focus on governance and human rights. 


She joined the Zeta Alpha Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. in May 2016 at VCU. 

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Damaris Garcia

Vice President of Communications

Damaris is currently the Administrative Coordinator for the New York Regional Office of Facing History and Ourselves, an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to use lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. She assists in overseeing operations, programming and creative marketing projects for the office.

She received her dual Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a concentration in Social Justice and Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. 


She became a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Sorority Inc. at Zeta Alpha Chapter in Fall 2014.

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Amber Bolden

Vice President of Development

Amber received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Politics, with a minor in Classics (Latin) from the University of Virginia. She was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, in NYC, where she rotated into five jobs in the government, labor, private, and non-profit sectors.


She seized this opportunity to focus on how cross-sector partnerships could elevate and begin solving critical social issues, and while in the fellowship she interviewed and networked with influential stakeholders in New York and Washington DC. Upon completion of the fellowship, she accepted an IP Paralegal position at Kirkland and Ellis, and she plans to pursue a joint JD, MPA degree.


She became a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. at Gamma Alpha Chapter in Fall 2015.  

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Brittany Rich

Vice President of Finance

Brittany received a Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Accounting from Syracuse University in May 2017. There, she held internships with Ernst and Young, General Electric, and a virtual reality start-up company. Post graduation, she spent two years working on the trading desk at Antares Capital and recently accepted a rotational position in their Asset Management department.


She became a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. at the Zeta Epsilon Chapter in Fall 2015. In 2017, she won the organization’s Undergraduate Sister of the Year award.  

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Dr. Jessica Islam

Vice President of Operations

Jessica is a cancer epidemiologist and Post-doctoral fellow at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. She obtained her PhD in Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in August 2019. Her research focuses on infections that cause cancer, namely the human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV., where she studies disparities in receipt of screening for oncogenic infectious agents and developing novel methods to detect these infections.


She became a sister in Spring 2010 through the Gamma Beta Chapter at Vanderbilt University. Since becoming a sister, she has been active in both area-level and national leadership. Notably, serving as Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Director of Alumnae Affairs from 2015-2017.

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Vanessa Morales

Vice President of Strategy

Vanessa received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Maryland. She is an Executive Director in Asset Management at J.P. Morgan Chase.


She currently leads the Global Technology Change Management team for Wealth Management Onboarding. In 2018, she was selected to serve in the JP Morgan Service Corps program in Paris, France.  She has also been recognized as a Women’s Bond Club (WBC) Rising Star in 2015, a recognition only given to four upcoming women leaders in the firm yearly.


She became a member of the Upsilon Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. in Spring 2008.  

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Merlix Renyolds

Co-Founder & Advisor

​Merlix was instrumental in reestablishing the LTA Foundation as the first President and most recently, Interim Vice President of Finance.


She received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Florida. She later received her Master of Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. After working at Ernst & Young, LLP for 11 years as an auditor, Merlix transitioned to the Director of Financial Report at RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. She has an impressive leadership portfolio both in and out of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.


She became a member of Chi Chapter in spring 1998. She has served as National Advisor to the Board of Directors.

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Arthur Brown

Director of Branding & Design

Arthur is the newest Director of the LTA Foundation Board. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2019. His research projects and internships have allowed him to develop his skills in social media and design.


Arthur has led a student team as the president of his student organization, NOMAS, the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, working with fellow students of color towards creating a more equitable environment in design and architect.

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Cynthia Alvarez

Director of Individual Giving

Cynthia received a degree in History of Art and Social Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Since 2005, she has been teaching art to children, teens, and adults. In 2015, she opened her own art school in San Fernando, California.


In 2016, she became a Director for La Galeria Gitana art gallery, curating exhibits and educational programs. She also volunteers and donates to various community events, such as the annual Dia de los Muertos art exhibit in Pacoima and is an active member of the San Fernando City Chamber of Commerce.


She became a member of Beta Omicron Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. in Spring 2001.

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Veronica Bernace

Director of Major Giving

Veronica received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Religious Studies and certificate in Middle Eastern Studies from Florida International University in May 2009. She held numerous internships with nonprofit organizations in New York City and Washington, DC during this time, including with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Currently, she is the Senior Manager of Prospect Research and Portfolio Management at the United Way of Miami-Dade. She recently transitioned into the role from the alternative lending industry, where she most recently worked as an underwriter for merchant cash advances. 

She became a member of the Gamma Pi Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. in Fall 2007. 

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